Thomas Rimes is an Australian musician currently based in Germany. In recent years he has worked throughout Europe, the United States and Australia in the field of opera as a conductor and composer. He currently works at the Musiktheater im Revier as the second Kapellmeister.  He is currently writing a musical titled “O.T.O.” (full biography), based on Shakespeare’s Othello.

Thomas’ first full length opera The Long Ride Home premiered at the Independent Theatre, North Sydney, Australia. The opera has also been performed in New York City.
Click here to view video highlights from the World Premiere Production of The Long Ride Home.

In the 2016-2017 season Thomas conducts Britten’s The Turn of the Screw, Lehar’s die lustige Witwe, Nino Rota’s Il cappello di paglia di Firenze and La scuola di guida, and Offenbach’s Les contes d’Hoffmann. In the 2015-2016 season Thomas conducted the world premiere of Klein Zaches genannt Zinnober, Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Puccini’s Tosca, and Johann Strauss’ Die Fledermaus. Aside from his work in classical music, Thomas is regularly involved in a range of popular, jazz, gospel and blues music projects. 

Dass dieser ungewoehnliche Abend so schwerelos unterhaltsam geraet, liegt natuerlich auch am Dirigenten Thomas Rimes, der die Neue Philharmonie Westfalen waehrend der Fahrschule noch auf die fuer diese Partitur notwendige Eleganz, auf den notwendig funkelnden, nie zu lauten Esprit einzuschwoeren scheint.” (review of the premiere of Il cappello di paglia di Firenze and La scuola di guida, November 2016, Die Deutsche Buehne)

That this extraordinary evening was so effortlessly entertaining can be attributed of course to the conductor Thomas Rimes, who with the Neue Philharmonie Westfalen brought out the necessary elegance, sparkle, and subtle humour of the music.

In addition to conducting Klein Zaches gennant Zinnober, Thomas was the co-composer and arranger for the world premiere.  Here is a highlights clip from the critically acclaimed production:  Klein Zaches gennant Zinnober

This website contains information about Thomas’ current performing activities and past highlights, sound clips from the opera The Long Ride Home, and selections of recordings of bands that he has played with in recent years.
There is a photo gallery with images from Thomas’ performances and a press area where releases and photos for publication may be found.

Click here to read an interview with Thomas Rimes where he discusses the premiere of The Long Ride Home.

Click here to read Thomas Rimes’ reflections on his experience of producing the World Premiere of The Long Ride Home in Sydney.

Introduction to the Opera (Part 1)


For more video clips click here